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Sat 23rd Nov  free 11-3pm Community health event at  Asian Centre, Orford Road E17

                             £1.50  10.30am – 4.30pm Bruce Castle Museum Vintage Fayre.

Sun 24th Nov free 11am members screening of “Saving Mr Banks” at Stratford and Hackney Picturehouses

                              free 11-3pm Pump House Museum, South Access Rd E17 . Car-less boot sale. Free entry to museum too,

Mon 25th Nov   £3 2-3.30pm.Stratford Circus. Age Well actors.

Tues 26th Nov free 2-4pm  Carer support
  • Chingford Assembly Rooms, Station Road, E4

Thurs 28th Nov £2  7.15pm Haringey Independent Cinema, West Green Learning Centre. ” Cathy Come Home” screening.

     free  6-8.30pm free cooking workshop Waltham Forest College E17

Sun 1st Dec          free Open Day at Three Mills Bromley By Bow with guided tours.

                                  free 2.30pm David Boote leads a walk

A reminder that our next walk , starting and finishing in front of the Library on Chingford  Green E4 7EN (cafes and shops nearby; a good choice of bus routes and 10  minutes from Chingford Station). is on 1st Dec.  Some rough surfaces and some soft muddy  surfaces (not too bad today); unsuitable for baby buggies and  wheelchairs.
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Wed 4th Dec        free 6-7.30pm Poetry sharing group at the Centre For Better Health, 1a Darnley Road Hackney.

Thurs 5th Dec      free 5.30-8.30pm Hackney Museum Poetry evening with The Wordlovers Society hosted by K G Lester. Refreshments too.

Mon 9th Dec         free First day to view  the  RAGWORKS exhibition at the Centre for Better Health Hackney.

                                  £3 Old Town Hall E15. Tea dance 1.30-4.30pm

Thurs 12th Dec   £2.50  1pm Hackney Picture House “Reminiscence Screening” “The Bishop’s Wife”.

Sat 14th Dec        free  7.30 for 8pm News From Nowhere Club. The Epicentre West St E11. Bring a dish to share on a cold winter’s night. Poetry & Place: Reading Poetry Through Maps Speaker: David Amery

                                free 1.30-2.30pm Showcase for Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Aveling Park Community Centre in Lloyd Park E17.


Issue 47 Up Your Street

Sun 17th Nov free 3-6pmUrdu and Punjabi poetry at the Great Hall E10

                            free   10-3pm Crafts Fair at The Education Centre Queens Road. E1717th Nov 2013

Mon 18th Nov free Last day to bid for a place at the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner in Waltham Forest.

Wed 20th Nov  free 6-7.30pm poetry sharing fortnightly session at the Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd, Hackney

                             free 10-noon Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage special event in the weekly programme.

Thurs 21st Nov free 10-1pm. A day for older people and their carers at the Epicentre West Road E11. Freebies, Tai Chi  and advice. Event opened by Cllr. Angie Bean.Alice petchRAGWORKS “Leyton Reminiscence Quilt” is on display with notes to explain some of the images. Do add your own.Ragworks_Logo (1)

Fri 22nd Nov free. 7 for 7.30pm Waltham Forest Diwali celebrations. No need for tickets. Fireworks will bang!


Coming up… Eastside Community Heritage day at Birkbeck University Stratford E15 for free. Tea dances in Chingford and Stratford E.15.


Check out in paper or online the dolly knitting patterns in the free Waltham Forest paper!


Teachers Night at William Morris Gallery E17

That was something else: a free evening at the Gallery in all its glory for teachers and those imparting knowledge. I’d been to cultural evenings before following the refurbishment of the magnificent old house and am used to the old now brilliant white staircase up to the top and the once squeaky floorboards. Imagine the maids in days of yore; up and down fetching and carrying for ole Bill and his ilk.

The main temporary exhibition is ….wait for it…..awesome. I loved it. I saw creams and browns, witches and spiders. Kinda topical!

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There were free demonstrations for the attending teachers all about textiles and prints and weaving and block printing and there was free wine with nuts.

So many people I know in Leyton have no idea where is William Morris Gallery, let alone the Village.

The moon was high and nigh on full. It was good to see the viewing gallery from the outside in the dark and to get a show from the coloured lights inside.

Coming soon….



Sparrows and bread pudding.

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Oh Mother, forgive me for I have sinned: I had two pieces of bread pudding at Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage today.

We can all “Google” about sparrows or like me be happy to have grown up with them, those once familiar visitors to gardens, squares and the peckers and sharers of stale white un-sellophaned loaf. But only Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage members can be the seniors to be seen meandering through unknown paths, nettle patches and by ancient trees to listen out for sparrows cheeping away. We were adorned with heavy field binoculars today, a biography of the male and female of the Sparrow species and were jolly in a not tropical tiresome heat.

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It was great fun. Often Fitzroy would hush us and we’d all look upwards into an old tree from Lloyd Park’s past. Or we’d rush to a hole in the fence to peer into someone’s back garden having seen a movement nearby. We got to know each other a little more. There’s Sandra the artist, and Steve  our volunteer photographer who’s been in and out of The William Morris Gallery for years and used the Park as his playground. Craig told us all about his nan’s love of Valentine’s Park over in Ilford.

Last year 6 sparrows were spotted and recorded in Lloyd Park’s “Sparrow Watch”. Today we counted a flock of ten and a tame male sitting on the boundary fence. Cheeky chappy. Looks like they are very sociable birds.


Informally, we did a little evaluation of the project. Everyone is positive partly because we find ourselves to be a nice mix of people interested in sharing knowledge and experiences and trying new stuff too.

The Park is always full of pre-school kiddies. Today at the entrance was the free screen-printing workshop by ELMO, East London’s Mobile Workshop. Looks fun. The play area and the willow tunnel were busy.

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All very good.

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Mon 29th July free 12.15pm. Meet at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey for a guided walk to Tottenham Cemetery with David Cottridge from Friends of Tottenham Marshes. Today’s “Munch and Listen ” session is all about the birds and the bees, flowers and the trees. Bring your picnic.

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Wed 31st July free 10-12noon Community Room, Bowling Green in Lloyd Park Forest Road E17.  Join the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage group. Informal and relaxed sessions with a free cuppa.

                            free but not the tea! 6-7.30pm. Centre For Better Health 1 a Darnley Road Hackney. Fortnightly sharing poems and reading poems sessions. Informal. All welcome. Hosted by Cirillo.

                           free 7.30pm Bruce Castle talk about salvaged and restored samplers. “Historical Threads”. Refreshments available.

Thurs 1st Aug  free 12-1pm launch with refreshments of the  Claremont Project “Portraits” exhibition curated by Bojana Jancovic.             Claremont House at The Angel Islington. Exhibition runs until November 2013.

Up Your Street finds events for seniors 55+ and better in the old 6 London 2012 boroughs now the perimeter of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sometimes in come special events for Islington because there for seniors is the Claremont Project and there’s the Stuart Low Trust for all too. The Stuart Low Trust has excellent activities all free with a courtesy lunch too! Gillian has portraits to view at the Claremont Exhibition. (Trumpets must be blown!)

free 6.30pm Local art launch at Beautiful Interiors, Orford Road. E17. Proceeds to fund an E17 Arts Trail project worker.

Leyton QuiltRAGWORKS project in process.